For a split second, Uncle Vernon stood framed in the doorway; then he let out a bellow like an angry bull and dived at Harry, grabbing him by the ankle.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

What does the word "framed" mean in this context?

In Cambridge Dictionary, the meaning is "to be between a border", but it doesn't make sense here sense it's a Person.

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The dictionary definition is correct here, but it may make more sense to you if you understand that "framed" is expressly a reference to a picture frame or the frame of a painting. When looking at a fancy painting, you can see an elaborate border around it, which is the frame. When looking at Uncle Vernon, you can see a border around him-- namely, the doorway.

For an example, this picture depicts a man framed by a doorway. See how the doorway can be seen surrounding the man. He is "between the border" as the definition says.

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